'''Emmeline Lott''' was the author of ''[https://archive.org/details/englishgovernes00lottgoog The English Governess in Egypt: Harem Life in Egypt and Constantinople]'' (1867) an account of her employment as governess to the young son of Isma'il Pasha
, Viceroy of Egypt.
[Peterson and Brothers, 1865]
Lott believed that her position as a "humble individual" and member of the household provided her with a more authentic perspective than that of aristocratic visitors such as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
, for whom the harem was tidied up for public viewing. Lott's tone towards Egyptian women is often contemptuous - she claims that far from being Oriental beauties of European fantasy, they are "hideous and hag-like". Lott believed herself to be superior to Egyptians by virtue of her race; it was a shock to find that as a governess, she was treated as a servant and a social inferior.